Greg Fonzo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Psychedelic Research and Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program in 2005 with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2013 from the San Diego State University/University of California-San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his clinical internship at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Dell Medical School, Fonzo completed two postdoctoral research fellowships. The first was a T32 Biobehavioral Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and the second was an Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness at the Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Fonzo’s research focuses broadly on utilizing neuroscience tools to understand mechanisms of affective disorder psychopathology and treatment and leveraging this understanding to improve clinical care and patient outcomes. In his free time, he enjoys live music, flotation, hiking, nature, and boating.
Lab Chief and Founder
Dr. Manoj Doss completed his PhD at the University of Chicago with Professors David Gallo and Harriet de Wit investigating the acute effects of psychoactive drugs on emotional episodic memory and memory distortion. He then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with Professors Frederick Barrett and Roland Griffiths investigating the acute and persisting effects of psychedelics on cognition and brain function. Manoj utilizes complex cognitive paradigms, neuroimaging, and computational modeling to explore what makes psychedelics unique compared to other classes of psychoactive drugs in terms of their basic effects and their therapeutic mechanisms.
Lauren Enten is a research coordinator working for the Fonzo Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. She graduated with University Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021 with a bachelor’s of science and art in biochemistry and minors in business and psychology. Prior to joining the Fonzo lab at Dell Medical School, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Mental Health Research in the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab for 4 years. Here, her research focused on identifying targets for intervention and investigating the effectiveness of promising behavioral and integrative treatments. Lauren is interested in using translational research methods to develop and evaluate current therapeutic strategies and pinpoint characteristic risk markers to better inform future clinical practices. In her free time, Lauren enjoys working on creative projects, going to see her favorite musicians, and trying new restaurants or recipes.
Senior Research Coordinator
Annamarie DeMarco is a Research Associate in the Fonzo Lab within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. She graduated with honors from Texas Christian University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor is Spanish. Annamarie has previously worked in other research environments including a neuroscience lab focused on the role of alcohol consumption in reward processing, as well as a clinical research institute focused on CNS medication trials. Her research interests are centered around studying the neural circuitry and neuroplasticity of mood disorders in order to develop novel therapeutic interventions. In her free time, Annamarie likes to bake, read, and listen to live music.
Senior Research Associate
Rachel Kline is a Research Associate at the Fonzo Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. She graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Rachel previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Texas PsyBrain Lab for two years. She worked on the TRACK-TBI project that focused on longitudinal research investigating Traumatic Brain Injuries through neuroimaging. She also worked on the Meta-Analytic Connectivity Modeling project that looked at functional connectivity in the superordinate cognitive control network. Rachel hopes to continue onto graduate school to become a licensed therapist. In her free time, she likes to paint, read, and spend time with her pets.
Senior Research Associate
Abhranil (Neel) got his BS-MS in Physics from IISER Kolkata, India. He then came to Texas and received his PhD in Physics from UT Austin, while working in the Wilson Geisler lab on computational and visual neuroscience. He is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Geisler lab and is working in collaboration with the Fonzo lab in the Center for Psychedelic Research and Therapy on utilizing visual eye-tracking to measure cognitive and emotional healing. In his free time, Neel loves backpacking and the outdoors, has a podcast on science and spirituality, and sometimes makes art and electronic music.